Michael A. Brown (Washington D.C. politician)
Michael Arrington Brown (born March 4, 1965) was a politician in Washington, D.C. In 2008 he was elected an at-large member of the Council of the District of Columbia, and he served for 4 years.
2006 mayoral candidacy
Brown polled at 3 percent in August 2006 and was considered a long shot at best to become mayor in the election held that year. A Washington Post article on September 4, 2006, highlighted his candidacy; according to the article, Brown said at the age of 9 that he "wanted to be mayor" someday.
After consistently trailing the pack of mayoral candidates, Brown dropped out of the race September 7 and announced his support for another candidate, council chair Linda W. Cropp, saying "I cannot watch a political novice, a man without the courage and strength required to run the city, attempt to steal this race from someone who has seen the city through its worse times." Cropp lost to Adrian Fenty 57 to 31 percent in the Democratic primary five days later.
2007 council candidacy
Brown ran to represent Ward 4 on the Council of the District of Columbia. The seat was vacated by Adrian Fenty when he became mayor. Brown lost the May 1 special election in a field of 19 candidates to Muriel Bowser after she received the mayor's endorsement, receiving 27 percent of the vote to Bowser's 41.
2008 council candidacy
Unlike Brown's previous candidacies when he ran as a Democrat, Brown ran as an independent candidate. District law allows only three of the five at-large Council seats, including Chair, to be affiliated with the majority party, currently the Democratic Party. Chair Vincent Gray and Phil Mendelson, both Democrats, were not up for reelection in 2008, so only one of the seats up for reelection could be won by a Democrat. Democratic incumbent Kwame R. Brown was running for reelection and was likely to win, which made it nearly assured that the other seat up for election would go to a non-Democrat.
As certified by the D.C. Board of Elections and Ethics:
|Kwame R. Brown||Democratic||172,272||47.66%|
|Michael A. Brown||Independent||71,720||19.84%|
|Write In||(including Carol Schwartz)||39,493||10.93%|
|Mark H. Long||Independent||14,603||4.04%|
2012 council candidacy
In 2012, Brown ran for reelection as an at-large member of the council.
During the campaign, The Washington Post reported that Brown had received five notices of foreclosure on his house in Chevy Chase, Washington, D.C. between 1996 and 2010. It was also reported that Brown was delinquent in paying property taxes on his house in January 2011. In April 2011, the Internal Revenue Service filed a lien against Brown for nonpayment of over $50,000 of income taxes between 2004 and 2008.
In July 2012, Brown announced that there had been large unauthorized expenditures; he fired his campaign's treasurer. Two months later, Brown said that over $110,000 was missing from his campaign's bank account, and he apologized to his supporters and contributors. An audit by the Office of Campaign Finance found $126,000 of unreported expenditures and $8,446 in unreported contributions. Between 2005 and 2010, Brown's driver's license had been suspended several times due to unpaid traffic citations and moving violations.
Unofficial results from The Washington Post:
|Michael A. Brown||Independent||50,335||15%|
|Mary Brooks Beatty||Republican||23,160||7%|
|Leon J. Swain Jr.||Independent||21,535||7%|
|Ann C. Wilcox||Statehood-Green||18,985||6%|
2013 council candidacy
Brown was one of seven candidates running for an at-large seat on the council in a special election held on April 23, 2013. He dropped out of the campaign on April 2, too late to remove his name from the ballot.
On June 7, 2013, federal prosecutors charged Brown with bribery. Between July 2012 and February 2013, then-Councilmember Brown allegedly sought and accepted $55,000 in cash from representatives of a business to help the business receive contracts and preferential government certification. The representatives were actually undercover employees of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Brown described it as a "loan arrangement", not a bribe. The charge was issued with a document that usually indicates that there has been a plea deal. Federal prosecutors are seeking a $35,000 judgement against Brown. Brown pled guilty to the charges. He may be sentenced to 37 months in prison.
- Special Committee on Statehood and Self-Determination - Chairperson
- Finance and Revenue
- Housing and Workforce Development - Chairperson
- Aging and Community Affairs
- Human Services
- Public Services and Consumer Affairs
- Debonis, Mike (September 3, 2010). "M.D. Brown, The Real One, Stands Up". The Washington Post. p. B.2.
- "2006 Voter's Guide Supplement". The Washington Informer. 2006-09-24. Archived from the original on 2008-06-25. Retrieved 2008-07-12.
- Woodlee, Yolanda; Silverman, Elissa. Hopefuls Begin Staking Out Fenty's and Gray's Seats. The Washington Post. 2006-09-20.
- Silverman, Elissa; Woodlee, Yolanda. Fenty's School Takeover Plan Gets Rough Reception. The Washington Post. 2007-03-02.
- DeBonis, Mike. Brown Officially Enters At-Large Race. Washington City Paper. 2008-04-29.
- Woodlee, Yolanda. Top Fundraisers Feel the Heat in Ward 4. The Washington Post. 2007-04-27
- Woodlee, Yolanda (2006-09-08). "Brown Pulls Out, Endorses Cropp". The Washington Post. p. B02. Retrieved 2008-08-02.
- District of Columbia Board of Elections and Ethics (2006-11-21). "Election Year 2006: General Election Results". Archived from the original on 2008-07-30. Retrieved 2008-08-02.
- "Results: Washington, D.C. Special Election May 1". The Washington Post. 2007-05-01. Retrieved 2008-07-26.
- DeBonis, Mike. Finally! Schwartz Announces Re-Election Bid. Washington City Paper. 2008-06-09.
- "General Election 2008: Certified Results". District of Columbia Board of Elections and Ethics. November 24, 2008.
- Craig, Tim (April 19, 2012). "Missed Rent Payments Add to Michael Brown's Financial Woes". The Washington Post.
- Craig, Tim (June 29, 2012). "Michael Brown: 'Substantial' Amount Missing from Campaign Account". The Washington Post.
- Craig, Tim (September 11, 2012). "More Than $110,000 Missing from D.C. Councilman Michael A. Brown's Campaign Coffers". The Washington Post.
- Craig, Tim (September 24, 2012). "Michael A. Brown's Former Treasurer Was Instructed to Take Money from Campaign Account, Lawyer Says". The Washington Post.
- Craig, Tim (September 15, 2012). "D.C. Council's Brown Lost Driving Privileges Repeatedly for Violations, Unpaid Tickets". The Washington Post.
- DeBonis, Mike (November 7, 2012). "Mapping David Grosso's D.C. Council Victory". The Washington Post.
- "Election Results 2012". The Washington Post. November 12, 2012.
- District of Columbia Board of Elections and Ethics (2013-03-01). "Updated List of Candidates in Ballot Order for the April 23, 2013 Special Election". Retrieved 2013-03-17.
- The Washington Post (2013-04-02). "Michael A. Brown ends D.C. Council comeback bid". Retrieved 2013-04-03.
- DeBonis, Mike; Marimow, Ann E. (June 7, 2013). "Michael A. Brown Is Charged With Bribery". The Washington Post.
- "USA vs. Michael Brown". United States District Court for the District of Columbia. via The Washington Post. June 7, 2013.
- Ackland, Matt (June 7, 2013). "Bribery Charge Filed Against Ex-DC Councilman Michael Brown". Associated Press (myFoxdc.com).
- Sommer, Will (June 10, 2013). "Michael Brown Pleads Guilty to Bribery". Washington City Paper.
|Council of the District of Columbia|
|At-Large Member, Council of the District of Columbia